Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Rag Rug Bag


I started this project last Spring and have finished the handles for it tonight...having forgotten about it!! It now holds my wool that I am currently knitting a stool cover with. The rags are from old clothes & curtain cut up into strips then put on a hessian bag with a rag rugging tool. The texture is lovely and soft so think a future project would be a cushion..I like recycling fav old
clothes.
This photo shows the rag rugging tool in the middle that I use...you poke holes in the material then pull the material through ..it also came with a piece of wood that you wrap the material round then just cut it through the middle to make exact strips!! I got it from a craft show and cant find the name of the shop unfortunately . The one at the bottom is my original rag tool which doesnt poke holes in like the top one and is a bit more fiddly. I have been asked how I did this bag so here is a further explanation. Buy a hessian bag from a supermarket and poke holes in it with a rag rugging tool. You cut old material and clothes into about 1" x 3" strips and you get a lovely textural feathered effect in the end. Another idea would be to use potato hessian sacks for a little cushion or have a look for hessian type material with gaps that you can poke through.

7 comments:

Rachel said...

I love this. It's so funky and unusual. I may have to totally steal this idea!

Lori Saul said...

Beautiful bag and what a great idea- it always feels wonderful to see a project completed . Fabulous work!

Carol said...

Wow ~ Lovely funky bag ~ Beautiful ~ Have been experimenting with encaustic paint & combining some collage ~ Come visit both blogs ~ http://artmusedog.blogspot.com and http://acreativeharbor.blogspot.com happy creating ~ Carol

Sid said...

Very effective ragging Lorraine, nice to recycle too !!

Crissi Harvey said...

wow love the bag so funky how did you make it im useless with a need and thread and cant even do a straight line with a sewing machine.

Lorraine said...

feel free to be influenced by my ideas but please link back to me!! I think I will amend the post slightly to explain how I did it!!

Linda said...

Art that is useful as well as beautiful....thats the best kind! Great work Lorraine.
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